Posts Tagged ‘international’

Assessing India's Innovation Climate

In 2005 India mostly strengthened their patent laws to meet international norms, with the distinct requirement that new drug products must “differ significantly in properties with regard to efficacy.” This requirement for a significant improvement in efficacy only applies to drugs — not to other patentable inventions like pens, car engines, etc., and is of […]


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Measuring global biotechnology innovation

The Scientific American WorldView project, where I’ve been serving as lead editorial consultant, is ramping up for its May 20th launch at BIO 2009. One of the objectives for the project was to put marketing-speak aside and objectively measure biotechnology innovation progress around the world. Going beyond gross regional measures, we compare individual countries to […]


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Drug Development – Balancing National and Commercial Needs

I’ll be giving a talk at the Kogod School of Business on Tuesday February 24th on “Drug Development – Balancing National and Commercial Needs”. The basis of the talk is that countries need access to medicines, foreign currency, and tax revenues, while drug developers need profits (or else they will cease to exist). I’ll be […]


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Biotechnology and the Global Financial Crisis

Emergent biotechnology companies are very reliant on capital, often having less than two years capital on hand. Like other businesses with strong needs for cash, one would expect biotechnology companies to be adversely effected by a dearth of capital. The biotechnology financial crisis and request for pass-forward tax breaks have been covered elsewhere; I’ve been […]


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Ranking International Biotechnology

I’m working on an International Biotechnology ranking and comparison for a well-known publication, and am looking for data sets comparing biotechnology activities in different countries as well as interesting anecdotes about successes/failures/challenges encountered in developing biotechnology in different countries as well between countries. If you’ve got comparative data sets or interesting anecdotes, please drop me […]


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When will the U.S. develop concise generic biologic rules?

A lot of people have been asking my opinion on when a concise generic biologic regulatory pathway will emerge in the United States, and I give them all the same answer: Later. In my opinion complex regulatory schemes are not areas in which the United States can effectively lead. Why not? Because the size of […]


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Commercializing biotechnology in China

I recently had the opportunity to conduct a brief interview with Mireille Gingras, Ph.D. President and CEO of HUYA Bioscience on doing business with and in China: Tell me about HUYA and what makes the company unique? HUYA Bioscience International has pioneered the most innovative and productive approach for pharmaceutical co-development between the U.S. and […]


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Biotechnology in Turkey

My recent presentation at the “Biotechnology for Turkey” conference has been posted online. My central thesis was that the challenges faced by Turkey (and most any other location) are shared by many states within the United States. I’ve heard too many people opine for the seemingly easy start-up environment in the United States. The reality […]


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Biotech for Turkey

I’ll be speaking at the Biotech for Turkey conference in Istanbul on November 7th. This conference, convened by Bosfor Biotech Partners, will cover global biotechnology strategies and developments in Turkey. For more details, contact Bosfor Biotech at the URL above or browse the conference schedule: Biotech for Turkey


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